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Posts from March 2011

Booze You Can Use: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Great Lawn Sour

Tickets officially go on sale tomorrow, but there's a pre-sale going on today.  If you sign up for their email list by 5 p.m. today (move fast!), they'll send you all the details. Trust me ladies and gents, you don't want to miss this: seminars, parties, mayhem, and even a pig roast.  And, of course, cocktails. Go get 'em!


Dear Winter,

With all due respect, please fuck off.  I'm done with you. I'm over you like a bad boyfriend. Go back to the Southern hemisphere where you belong right now, because I'm ready to run and bike outside without bundling up, my toes are gasping for air and sunshine, and there's outdoor drinking and eating to be done. And don't come back until late November. 

Love and kisses,
-L


A Generous Celebration

Bday2 
As you may know, I turned 40 on December 26th. To celebrate, I threw a party for family and friends in early January, which was absolutely wonderful. I had some trepidation about turning 40, but looking at a room full of people I love from all areas of my life was a clear illustration to me of how lucky I am.  To top it all off, all of you amazing people gave generously in honor of the occastion to Just Food.  Thanks to you, we raised over $2100 to support their mission to increase access to fresh, healthy food in NYC and to support the local farms and urban gardens that grow it.

And speaking of generosity, my friend Rachel set up a "photo booth" at the party and took some fantastic pictures -- I've posted my favorites here.  Thanks again to everyone for helping me celebrate and for giving so generously.


Booze You Can Use: Women's History Month

Iwd-cocktail

International Women's Day was on March 8th, and as part of the 100th Anniversary of IWD, the lovely ladies of LUPEC NYC (the NYC Chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) teamed up with Compass Box Whisky, Bespoke Chocolates, and Murray's Cheese for Women & Whisky Unite -- a wonderful seminar and tasting at Astor Center. Proceeds from the event benefitted Bottomless Closet. This gorgeous drink you see above was created by Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room. As she tells us, this cocktail was "[i]nspired by feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem, who became nationally recognized as a leader of the US women's liberation movement in the late 1960's and 1970's.  Steinem also co-founded Ms. Magazine, hence the cocktail's name.

Mr. & Ms.
Dash Angostura Bitters
1/2 oz lime
3/4 oz ginger syrup
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1 1/2 oz Spice Tree

Shake, strain into Collins glass, top with soda. Lime wheel, cherry garnish.

Photos from the event can be found here and here.


Pro Bono Rocks!

JaleomenuSee?  Our menu says so! Once again I had a wonderful visit to DC for the annual Pro Bono Institute and a visit to our DC office.  I also, as usual, managed to eat and drink quite well while I was down there.  Wednesday night was a lovely Indian dinner at Rasika, Thursday was a huge group dinner at Jaleo (partial menu above), and Friday night was a cocktail/food crawl, courtesy of the DC Twitter crew: @VAScofflaw, @jakehparrott, @jasonmader & @highwaystar.  First stop, PS7's to visit the lovely @MixtressDC, next, Cafe Atlantico for a cocktail that included leather-infused tequila (yep, leather), after that, a wonderful visit to Proof (must go back for a full-on meal next time I'm in town), and finished up the evening at the Passenger. On my way back to NY, I had the pleasant surprise of running into my cousin at the train station; we took the train back together until she got off in Baltimore. 

The rest of the weekend was all about relaxation, with a quick trip to Fatty Johnson's to bid it farewell on Sunday night.  Sad.  Looking forward to seeing what's next!